Natalie Wood stars as the young Dixie belle, older daughter of Kate Reid, latter playing a sleazy landlady to some railroad men. Wood dreams of another life while she flirts up a storm, acting as the shill for her mother. Robert Redford gives an outstanding performance as the railroad efficiency expert sent to town to lay off most of the crew. Plot-wise, the role is thankless and heavy, but Redford, through voice, expression and movement – total acting – makes the character sympathetic. Charles Bronson is excellent as the earthy boarder. Variety.